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Aviation Articles for December 9, 2011

I’m a little late with my link post this week. The weather has been beautiful – clear, dry and calm, but a bit chilly.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go out flying yesterday.  Good times.

Here are some flying stories you may have missed this week.

Cucumbers to Clecos
This one is from the Pryor Daily News in Oklahoma. Tom Egbert had always wanted to build an airplane, but his job as manager of a local grocery store took up his time and energy. He’s retired now and finally scratched that itch he had.

An Uncommon Zero
This one is from the Venture County Star. The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at Camarillo Airport in Southern California held an airshow and museum open house to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Where did airmail start in Colorado?
This one is from the Greeley, CO tribune. A traveling exhibit from the Colorado Aerospace History Project in Denver will take up residence in Greely this weekend. It will feature not just Colorado aviation history but will also feature displays specific to local Greeley history. Sounds like it’s worth a stop if you’re in the area.

One of the Rarest of Restorations
This is from the USAF Air Combat Command. Tom Reilly and his crew a The B-25 Group of Douglas, GA is known for their ability to bring WWII aircraft back to life. They are now working on one of the rarest of restorations – the prototype XP-82 Twin Mustang.

Who was Webley Edwards?
This is from the National Review Online. The article was published on Wednesday – take a look at that date and you can figure out the subject.

Aviation record-holder inspires science and technology students
This one is from the Tulsa World. A two-time aviation record-holder at the age of 23 – meet Barrington Irving.

Aviation Articles for November 4, 2011

I finally finished the annual inspection of my Swift – no major problems found. Of course, now it’s 24 degrees outside with a light dusting of snow on the ground. My hangar is not heated or insulated – and the plane does not yet have a cabin heater.  I’m still working on a way to add a heater muff to the exhaust system. This cold weather system is supposed to move through the area over the next few days and then the daytime temperatures are supposed warm up a bit. It looks like next Monday or Tuesday are my best bets.  I’m looking forward to getting back into the air.

Here are some aviation articles that you may have missed this week:

Beechcraft Starship

Aviation history in Detroit
This one is from the Ann Arbor Journal. Randy Hotton, an aviation historian, professional pilot and board member of the Yankee Air Museum will be giving a presentation on the Willow Run bomber plant on November 10th. Sounds like an interesting presentation and definitely a place to be for local aviation buffs.

The first commercial airmail delivery?
This article is from The Hindu, in India. It is primarily about the celebration of 100 years of aviation in India, but it starts with a statement about the first commercial airmail delivery by aircraft. According to the article, this first occurred in India on Feb 18, 1911. As with most aviation firsts, there seems to be a dispute about the ‘first’ status. It seems that 3 letters were flown from Petaluma, CA to Santa Rosa, CA on Feb 17, 1911. I’d vote for the India flight as the real first  since Frenchman Henri Pequet carried 6500 letters on his flight from Allahabad to Naini.

The article refers to a man called J.R.D. I had to look that up, though aviators in India and aviation historians probably consider it common knowledge. He is Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (29 July 1904 – 29 November 1993), the holder of the first pilot license in India and founder of Tata Airlines (1932) which in 1946 became Air India.

General Aviation assistance in an emergency
This one is from the Sonoma News in Northern California. Sonoma is just to the north of the San Francisco Bay area. The pilots there recently took part in a disaster preparedness exercise showing the kinds of assistance that general aviation can provide when a major disaster strikes.

Decisions, decisions
This one is from The Union in Nevada County, California.

You’re Harold Wolfe. You’re almost 80. Your kids have been out of the house for 30 years and cruise ship companies are sending you brochures every week with offers to Alaska and beyond.

What to do?

“I know,” said Harold. “I think I’ll build an airplane with my own two hands.”

A Dream Fulfilled
This article is from Seattle. the author had always been enamored by the Beechcraft Starship and dreamed of getting a flight in one. Well, the stars finally aligned and the wish came true. Some nice photos are included in the article.

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